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OF THE MOST
EMINENT ENGLISH POETS,
CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR WORKS.
BY SAMUEL JOHNSON.
WITH NOTES CORRECTIVE AND EXPLANATORY,
BY PETER CUNNINGHAM, F. S. A.,
AND A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES.
Born at Bardsey, in Yorkshire-Educated at Kilkenny and Dublin-Entered of the Middle
Temple-Early appearance as a poet His first dramatic labour-Obtains the patronage
of Halifax-Writes. The Double Dealer,' 'Love for Love,' and 'The Mourning Bride'-His
controversy with Collier-His last play, and high poetical reputation-His government situ.
ations-Death, and burial in Westminster Abbey-Works and character
Born at Corsham, in Wiltshire-Educated at Westminster and Oxford-Becomes a Fellow of
the College of Physicians-His first work an Heroic Poem— Prince Arthur -King Arthur'
-Attacked by Dennis-His Satire agalnst Wit' and Quarrel with Dryden-His other Poems
Born at Shelton, in Stafordshire Educated at Cambridge, but leaves without taking a Degree
-Becomes a Nonjuror--Secretary to the Earl of Orrery and Tutor to his Son-Acquires the
friendship of Southerne and Pope-Publishes his Poems--Assists Pope in the Odyssey
Hla Benevolence of Heart and lndolent Habits-Death and Burial at Eastbampstead, Berto
Born at Barnstaple, in Devonshire-Apprenticed to a Slikmercer-Made Secretary to the
Duchess of Monmouth-Publishes 'The Shepherd's Week '-Acquires the Friendship of
Pope-His Court Disappointments—His Intimacy with Mrs. Howard and the Duchess of
Queensberry-Writes 'The Beggar's Opera '-Its great success—His next Play problbited
-Il Fables-Burial, and Monument in Westminster Abbey-Works and Character . 68
GEORGE GRANVILLE, LORD LANSDOWN.–1665—1734–5.
Berth-Educated at Cambridge-Is commended by Waller--His Dramatic Piece-His Min'
-Made Secretary of War and a Peer-Encourages Pope-Burial in St. Clement's Danza